Dr. Mary Jane McLeod Bethune



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Dr. Mary Jane McLeod Bethune

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Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune


Bethune, Mary Jane McLeod, 1875-1955
Bethune-Cookman College (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Civil rights--Florida


Dr. Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, the founder of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida. Dr. Bethune was born in Mayesville, South Carolina, on July 10, 1875. In October of 1904, she founded the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls. In 1923, the school merged with the Cookman Institute of Jacksonville and then became affiliated with the Methodist Church the following year. The school served as a co-educational high school until 1931 when it became a junior college. In 1941, the school was accredited as a four-year college and was renamed Bethune-Cookman College. Dr. Bethune served as the college president from 1923 to 1942 and again from 1946 to 1947. Dr. Bethune was also active in civil rights and women's rights. She founded the Southeastern Federation of Colored Women's Clubs (SFCWC) in 1920. She also campaigned for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932 and was offered a position in his Black Cabinet after he won the election. Dr. Bethune died in Daytona Beach on May 18, 1955.


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Original 8 x 10 inch black and white photographic print: Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1920-1955

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 8 x 10 inch black and white photographic print.

Is Part Of

Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, Daytona Beach, Florida.
Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation Collection, Daytona Beach Collection, Volusia County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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8 x 10 inch black and white photographic print




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Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, Mary McLeod Bethune Home, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida

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Copyright to this resource is held by the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.


Cepero, Laura

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External Reference

"RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 19: The Home of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/2471.
"RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 40: Bethune Cookman University Founding." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/2493.
Hanson, Joyce Ann. Mary McLeod Bethune &amp
Black Women's Political Activism. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2003.
Long, Nancy Ann Zrinyi. The Life and Legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune. Cocoa, Fla: Florida Historical Society Press, 2004.

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1 black and white photographic print

Physical Dimensions

8 x 10 inches


Sykes Photo. “Dr. Mary Jane McLeod Bethune.” RICHES of Central Florida accessed September 22, 2023, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/5191.



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